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    Question EQ, compressing - in what order?

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    I'm just about to master my bands demo. I'm going to do some compressing. limiting and maybe put some EQ on the tracks as well. In what order should they be placed to generate the best result?
    perhaps: EQ --> Limiter --> Compressor --> normalize?

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    I'd limit first then EQ so the limiter won't trigger on whatever frequency you may have boosted.

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    Cool Before worrying about the order....

    Originally posted by BootCut
    I'm going to do some compressing. limiting and maybe put some EQ on the tracks as well.
    You meant to add "If needed, I'm going to...", right?

    I mean, you're not just throwing compression, limiting and EQ in there just because the plug-ins are within reach, are you?

    Especially at the mastering stage, you have to know exactly WHY you want to put compression on the mix, exactly WHAT needs EQ'ing, etc.... track analysis comes first, THEN decide if the track even needs anything......

    If you put something in the signal chain, it should have a concrete reason for being there in the first place -- not just "I'm gonna stick comp/EQ/limiting in there - (please tell the best order) - because I heard somewhere that mastering involves compression/EQ/limiting!"

    Ged'dit????
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    You guys are fast. Do live in here or what?

    Blue Be...whatever! I do know what mastering means. I'm not a pro, but I know that I can do a better job then the guy who mixed it did. And I'm getting better at it everytime I do it.
    Two of the songs must be a little bit louder, but most important they must be more equal to each other in volume.
    I will pbrobably not touch the EQ so I guess I'll go with compressing --> limiting.

    well, thanks anyway!

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    Cool

    if I were you, id slightly limit it (if it HAS to be louder)....lay off the compression and EQ unless there are specific problems you are hearing that needs to be corrected (as Blue Balls stated) and once limited, normalization SURELY wont be needed.....

    if you go blindly into this compressing, EQ'ing, limiting, and normalizing, Id like to introduce you to a new word ----CLUSTERFUCK.......



    "I'm just about to master my bands demo"..... = FIRE

    "I do not know what mastering means"...... = OIL

    they dont mix

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    Originally posted by BootCut
    Blue Be...whatever! I do know what mastering means.
    Sorry... but the question you asked clearly demonstrates that you DON'T know what's really involved in mastering.... (and I don't say that to put you down, simply a statement of fact - there's no shame in being a beginner!)

    Notice I didn't say you shouldn't do it, or that you shouldn't learn, only that you should know precisely WHY you're putting something in the signal chain before you put it there, rather than "just because that's what mastering is supposed to be about..."

    Right?
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    Originally posted by BootCut
    You guys are fast. Do live in here or what?
    Actually, I'm in the process of breaking down the studio in preparation for re-location.......... so you guys here are my "coffee-breaks"!

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    Cool

    oh, he said he "DOES" know what mastering is.....(brainfart).......

    coulda fooled me.....

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    Thumbs up

    Let me tell you something man... having Track Rat, Bruce (Blue Be...whatever), Deputy Gidge, Ed (sonusman), and specially me in this thread is a high honour. You should be proud by this thread... talking about mastering, they just gave you all the hints you need. Specially Bruce & Ed. I'll post several links to article you might need to know...

    http://www.soundconcepts.net/Mastering.htm

    Keep Rockin' and Rollin'...

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